Friday update: Allen and Williams were both at the start of practice on Friday, per Lindsey Thiry. Both wide receivers are listed as questionable to return this week.
We’ll have to wait and see on Mike Will and Allen. If both wide receivers play, there’s a bit of a trickle-down effect with the other players within the offense. RB Austin Ekeler shouldn’t be affected too much. He’ll still get his touches and work in the passing game. DeAndre Carter is also banged up but looks like he’ll be good to go vs. the Chiefs.
If all four of the Chargers’ top wideouts are playing, it’s unclear how to approach this situation for fantasy football. If there aren’t any limitations, you’re playing Williams and Allen in most formats. Carter could still see targets/snaps, so he isn’t a bad FLEX play, but lacks the upside from previous weeks.
Thursday update: Mike Williams and Keenan Allen were eventually listed as limited on Wednesday and they are once again limited on Thursday’s official report. It’s worth noting that fellow receiver DeAndre Carter is also listed as limited while he deals with a rib injury. Joshua Palmer is the biggest beneficiary of a Williams or Allen absence, but a limited Carter will be something to track.
Wednesday update: Head coach Brandon Staley told reporters that Mike Williams and Keenan Allen would do individual drills on Wednesday, per Bridget Condon. We’ll need to wait on the injury report to see if they get enough work to be considered limited or not, but this appears to be a good sign moving forward.
The Los Angeles Chargers got a nice start to Week 11 with the news WRs Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are expected to be back at practice. Both wideouts have been dealing with injuries and have missed most of the 2022 NFL season, which has held back the Chargers’ offense greatly. Williams is dealing with an ankle injury while Allen has a hamstring issue. We break down the potential impact of their returns for the Chargers this week.
Keenan Allen, Mike Williams injury updates
Fantasy football impact
Williams and Allen haven’t played since Oct. 23 against the Seattle Seahawks. As a result, the Chargers have been operating with DeAndre Carter and Josh Palmer as the top receivers at times while leaning on Austin Ekeler and Gerald Everett as well. Everett sustained an injury in the Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Chargers have a big Sunday Night Football matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs looming this week.
If Allen and Williams can both play, that’s a boost to everyone around them. Ekeler gets a boost. QB Justin Herbert gets a whole lot of help with the two wideouts back. It should drive up the point total at most books as well. Carter may be involved still but wouldn’t be starting and likely misses out on snaps and targets with Allen and Williams back.